Columbia Health for Faculty and Staff

While Columbia Health is primarily a student-focused department, Morningside faculty and staff may utilize or refer to our services in cases of urgent, acute situations, travel assessments other concerns listed below. For more information, please contact Columbia Health at (212) 854-2284.

Medical Services

Urgent Medical Concerns

Morningside faculty and staff members may utilize same-day walk-in services in John Jay Hall in the case of urgent medical issues of an acute nature that arise while on campus. Columbia Health provides urgent care assessment for injury or sudden illness occurring at work. Employees will be evaluated and referred to one of the following: an emergency department, their primary care provider or workmen’s compensation physician for follow up. Medical Services does not perform evaluations for workmen’s compensation, nor do they provide follow-up care for employees.

Medical Services clinicians will provide immediately necessary treatment at no chargeand refer the employee to emergency services or to his or her primary care provider for follow-up treatment.

CU-EMS is also available for emergency treatment and transport to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.


Morningside faculty and staff may also receive flu shots, Hepatitis B immunization (if required by the individual’s job) and measles immunization (if specified in a pre-employment agreement) at cost.

For more information about immunizations available and their costs, view the Columbia Health Services Fees.

Travel Assessment

Columbia employees who anticipate traveling abroad may obtain a travel assessment for a nominal fee by making an appointment with Medical Services. The Travel Medicine Program also provides vaccinations commonly prescribed for travelers, for example, yellow fever and typhoid. These vaccinations are provided at low cost to employees, making the Travel Medicine Program one of the best alternatives available locally for travel medicine.

HIV Testing/GHAP

Confidential HIV-antibody testing, counseling, and referral for treatment is available to all members of the Columbia community through the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP). There is no fee for these services, and no appointment is needed. Contact GHAP for more information or visit GHAP during drop-in hours.

Counseling Services

Urgent Mental Health Concerns

Morningside faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program which offers brief counseling for a variety of concerns and can assist with longer term referrals.  In addition, in the event of an urgent and serious mental health issue requiring immediate attention Morningside faculty and staff may  been seen for an emergency consultation at Counseling and Psychological Services. Consultations are limited to one visit.


Counseling and Psychological Services welcomes deans, faculty, and staff to consult about students of concern. If you would like to speak with a counselor to solicit advice about a student, please contact us. Counseling and Psychological Services can offer guidance on how to refer a student to counseling services, how to respond to a student in crisis or obvious distress, or to discuss any other matters pertaining to the psychological well-being Columbia students.

Faculty/Staff Training

Counseling and Psychological Services provides staff training on specific mental health topics.  CPS is available to meet with deans, faculty, teaching assistants, residence life staff, departmental administrators, and other similar groups to discuss issues such as recognizing early warning signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness, addressing alcohol and substance use, and responding to disruptive students or employees.

Counseling and Psychological Services is also available to meet with staff for ongoing consultation about difficult situations that might arise in work with students. Counseling and Psychological Services adheres to the strict standards of confidentiality that guides mental health practice with Columbia students; and will not share privileged information about students who use the counseling services.

Interest in staff development training and workshops? Please contact Counseling and Psychological Services.

Disability Services

Disability Services values the input of Columbia’s faculty in its effort to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the University’s curriculum. Specifically, Disability Services relies on faculty guidance in striking the balance between accommodating students with disabilities and preserving academic standards. Disability Services collaborates with faculty to determine appropriate accommodations to ensure that they do not alter the course standards or program requirements.

Faculty and staff requesting accommodations for their own disabilities must contact Human Resources. Please refer to the Faculty Guide for Disability Services for more information.

Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response provides training, consultation and referrals to all deans, faculty, and staff members.

Faculty/Staff Training

Workshops, groups, and training supports deans, faculty, and staff members in their response to students affected by sexual and relationship violence.


Sexual Violence Response staff are available for consultation about students and community concerns. Referrals are available for students and community members to on campus, community-based, and national support resources. Sexual Violence Response seeks to collaborate with deans, faculty, and staff to promote a safer environment in which to learn, live, and work. Contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-HELP for more information.

Alice! Health Promotion

Alice! Health Promotion seeks to make the campus healthier by connecting the community with information and resources, cultivating healthy attitudes and behaviors, and fostering a culture that values and supports a healthy community. The following initiatives are available for deans, faculty, and staff:

On behalf of Columbia Health, Alice! Health Promotion collects, analyzes, and presents student health-related data. For more information on data collected and related opportunities, please contact the office at or (212) 854-5453.


Last updated April 19, 2016